Over 100 Parents, Education Professionals Attend Crouch’s “Education Summit”

June 28, 2013

From left to right, Chenango Valley School District Interim Superintendent David Gill, Suzanne Sova, Dona Murray, New York State Regent James Tallon, and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch.

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Guilford) yesterday hosted a roundtable “Education Summit” attended by over 100 Southern Tier parents and education professionals. The event took place in the Chenango Valley High School auditorium, where attendees had an opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns on the issues facing New York’s classrooms and our children’s education. Among the topics discussed were the Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR), Common Core, state testing, and how unfunded mandates take the focus off of educating our youth.

“What we discussed was the education of our children, which has always been an important issue for me. When it comes to education, I’ve always said we need to make sure that we get it right,” said Crouch. “Recently, my office has received a high volume of correspondence from parents, teachers and superintendents expressing concerns over the changes occurring to our educational system. When you have children telling their parents that they no longer want to go to school because they come home exhausted, upset, stressed or they are not sleeping, that raises a lot of red flags to me – which is why I wanted to host this summit. This forum helped bring parents, teachers and school officials together to air their grievances, ask questions and even make some good suggestions on how we can make a better educational environment for both our children and teachers.”

The panel – which included New York State Regent James Tallon; Chenango Valley School District Interim Superintendent David Gill; Dona Murray, a representative of the teachers; and Suzanne Sova, a representative from a local parent organization – all agreed that this was a great opportunity for parents, teachers and administration officials to brainstorm ideas and share concerns about testing, core standards, teaching and state mandates. They all thanked Crouch for bringing everyone together and for the opportunity to be on the panel and hear from the community.

“We heard from people all across the community who are really concerned about our education system. Everyone has a stake in this issue because most, if not all of them, currently have or had a child in school. This is personal for them. We shouldn’t be turning our young people away from the excitement of learning,” said Crouch. “With state mandates clogging up the works and taking away from the best quality of education our children can have, something has to be done. So, my take-away from all of this is to gather and process all of this information and ideas that were given and heard, present and share those ideas with the chair and members of the Assembly Education Committee, and then translate that into legislation so we can move forward and make it a better system for everyone – children, parents, teachers and superintendents. The goal is to reestablish that excitement of the learning experience back into school.”

NOTE: A full video of Assemblyman Crouch’s Education Summit will be available on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cliff.crouch.7